As the fourth-largest city in the U.S., Houston is not exempt from the safety concerns faced by all large cities. However, Rice is in one of the safest parts of the city, and the university's commitment to safety is evident in the measures taken on the Rice campus
The Rice University Police Department (RUPD) is a team of fully trained, fully qualified police officers. They serve the Rice community 24 hours a day by patrolling the university grounds and responding to calls for assistance.
RUPD has implemented a number of anticrime measures, such as safety seminars, public awareness bulletins and a bicycle registration service. Officers assigned to the residential colleges also conduct informal safety meetings, keeping students apprised of crime issues, crime prevention techniques and property protection measures.
Emergency telephones are strategically stationed throughout the university grounds, providing students with direct links to RUPD. Phones are mounted in prominent locations and are designed for visibility day and night.
A magnetic card entry system allows access to many buildings only to holders of properly authorized Rice identification cards. Campus buildings are accessible only during business hours; residential colleges are restricted 24 hours a day.
An escort service is available Sunday through Thursday through the Transportation Department (see Transportation). If a student requires an escort on Friday or Saturday, RUPD will provide an escort. Escorts are limited to the Rice University campus.